Four of the preseason Big Eight 3-A Conference powers, all of whom have lived up to their billings, are in action Friday, Oct. 17. In Pittsboro, reigning Big Eight and state 3-AA state champion Southern (7-0, 3-0 Big Eight) visits Northwood (6-1, 2-1) at 7, while in Hillsborough, Orange (7-0, 3-0) hosts Chapel Hill (6-1, 2-1).
Northern used a little old-school, smash-mouth football to grind out a 28-7 victory against Roxboro Person Monday night. The game was the PAC-6 opener for both teams and was originally scheduled for Friday before thunderstorms forced postponement.
Postponed, suspended Friday night high school football games to be made up tonight (Saturday, Oct. 11) and Monday. Only two games officially completed.
Defending PAC-6 champion Hillside opened its conference season with an abbreviated by impressive win Friday, stopping Jordan 27-0 before a thunderstorm ended the game at halftime.
The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
East Chapel Hill rolled through the PAC-6 4-A girls’ tennis tournament on Wednesday, taking championships in singles and doubles along the way.
Corey Young scored three touchdowns, including a 55-yard burst on a fourth-quarter punt return to help lead Person past Bartlett Yancey 34-20 Friday in Yanceyville.
UNBEATENS NORTHWOOD, ORANGE TO CLASH IN HILLSBOROUGH
There was little to no doubt that the area’s top high school football conference this season would be the Big Eight 3-A.
With returning state 3-AA champion Southern, state 3-AA semifinalist Orange and 2013 playoff teams Cardinal Gibbons, Northwood and Chapel Hill all in the fold, things couldn’t have looked brighter for the second-year conference.
Turns out, through four games, the Big Eight might have been undervalued. And tonight, the Big Eight jumps into conference play.
The top four teams in the league — Southern, Orange, Northwood and Chapel Hill — are undefeated (4-0) and ranked no lower statewide than 34th in the 3-A ranks by MaxPreps.com, the online partner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
One of those four is assured of suffering its first loss tonight as Orange, which has outscored its four opponents by a combined 144-40, hosts Northwood at 7.
Three of Orange's wins have come at the expense of 4-A programs from the embattled PAC-6.
Northwood has outscored its four victims 172-29 and is ranked 26th (3-A), Orange 13th.
Burlington Cummings’ quarterback Ryan Boswell connected with wide receiver Tevin Smith for a 51-yard touchdown with just 17 seconds to play to lift the Cavaliers to a wild 16-14 victory against Roxboro Person Friday.
South Boston (Va.) Halifax County scored two touchdowns in the first eight minutes and never trailed in a 42-29 victory at Roxboro Person Friday.
Kestrel Heights records historic win ... Granville Central routs Northampton ... Person dismantled by reigning 4-A state champion Greensboro Dudley.
Cedar Ridge interim head coach Clay Jones picked up his first career win after a heartbreaking one-point loss to Carrboro a week ago. ... Danville (Va.) George Washington routs Roxboro Person ... Kestrel Heights breaks down early in Walkertown.
The visiting Panthers of the Big Eight 3-A Conference beat Roxboro Person 27-14. The final score projected a rather convincing Orange win. But the Panthers did not look like the dominant squad Orange coach Pat Moser fielded a year ago, when they played in the state 3-AA semifinals.
Overcoming youth and inexperience will be the biggest challenge facing Person coach David Kleine as he gets the Rockets ready for the upcoming season.
The PAC-6 4-A announced its spring sports all-conference teams Thursday and, not surprisingly, PAC-6 champions dominated the coach of the year and player of the year honors.